Back: Jim Gillen, Mike Sherrard, Deacon Chris, Fr John Moran, Jim Quinn, Dave Prescott
Front: Alan Smith, Paul Clancy, Danny Wright, John Minister, Steve Brain
Stourbridge Circle’s 600th meeting on Wednesday, 11 March took place not at its usual venue but at the impressively appointed Himley Hall in Dudley. There were visitors aplenty and the VIP guest was Bishop David McGough. Unusually for such an occasion, the dress was informal (and none the worse for that). A good meal was enjoyed by all, as were the speeches (not least because they did not go on too long!
In the light of current advice from the government and on the recommendation of Provincial Council Steering Group, Sutton Coldfield Circle have cancelled their April meeting and AGM due to have been held on Monday April 20th at Moor Hall Hotel Sutton Coldfield.
Following HM government advice concerning the COVID 19 virus outbreak, it is with regret that the day retreat at St Ambrose, Kidderminster on 2 May 2020 has been cancelled.
In light of the current worldwide health pandemic it is with regret that Kidderminster and District Circle has cancelled the following events:
- Meeting and Irish Night at The Granary Hotel, Shenstone on Wednesday 18 March 2020.
- The dinner at The Granary following the Mass for vocations on Sunday 22 March 2020.
Kenilworth Circle celebrated their 700th meeting in style on Wednesday 19th February at Chesford Grange Hotel. Over 200 ladies, brothers and visitors enjoyed a very convivial evening in the company of His Grace Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and Catenian National Presdent Phil Brown and his wife Linda.
More information on the occasion will be in the spring edition of Newslink.
Thanks to Brother Harold Hands for the excellent photographs.
12–14 JUNE 2020: BOOK INTO YOUR CIRCLE EVENTS CALENDAR NOW
Circles in Province 6: come and join us for the 2020 Annual Flower Festival of St Chad’s Cathedral. Throughout 2020, the Catholic Church in England and Wales, in partnership with the Bible Society, is focusing on meeting Christ in the Scriptures with their exciting new campaign: ‘The God who Speaks’. 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on: ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of St Jerome’s death, providing us with a strong rationale for deeper diocesan–wide Scripture engagement. This gives us an opportunity to make this an even more spectacular event than ever. We hope you will put the dates in your diary straight away. We are keen to encourage people of all faiths to join us to make this a truly ecumenical event. Due to the link to the diocesan-wide initiative the flower festival will need more careful planning from our point of view. Not only will there be your flowers in the Cathedral but also the publicity material that is touring every diocese in England and Wales throughout the year.
The theme will be ‘The God who Speaks’ for all three categories: parishes, convents and flower clubs, primary schools and secondary schools. This is a very wide theme and may be approached in many different ways.
A coffee morning has been arranged on Wednesday 18 March at 9.30 am, in the Canons’ Dining Room at Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU, organised by Anne Symonds, Vice Chairman of the St Chad’s Cathedral Association. The morning will include guidance being given on the interpretation of the theme, a walk around the Cathedral to choose locations for displays and any questions answered. Wives and widows of Province 6 members: why not encourage your parish to organise a display this year or if you know any flower arrangers who might like to take part. You will be made very welcome and make many new friends. Please ask them to contact: Anne Symonds on 0121 249 1487 , 07976165799 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To see photographs of previous flower festivals go to the St Chad’s Cathedral website and search under galleries. They are also on the diocesan website.